Header Affirmation 2 – STYLIST ADVICE
Header Affirmation 2 – STYLIST ADVICE

Make the most of what you've got by mastering fashion stylist skills to be the "celebrity" in your own life. I'll show you how.

Sharon Haver, Fashion Expert & Style Mentor

  • Is There An Appropriate Dress Length For An Older Woman

    This week’s look back at one of FocusOnStyle’s 15th Anniversary stylist advice posts takes into account the old addage of just becuase you could doesn’t mean you should.

    As gorgeous and as in impeccable shape that you may be, knowing when and when not to flaunt it all, and how much, can be key in putting your best look forward. –S.H.

    Q:Can I wear a short skirt at 57?

    I recently purchased a casual knit dress via mail order. I love this dress! The fit and soft purple wine color is great on my average size figure. My problem– the dress is about 2″ above my knees.

    Can a woman my age wear a shorter dress?

    If so, should I wear black tights and black flats with it? I want to dress age appropriate even though I don’t feel almost 60! Please advise me. (via Fashion Advice, Ft. Myers, Florida)

    A:I believe at a certain point in our lives that we should all dress in a timeless way—think of it as an eternal 35.

    15-years-Focusonstyle-anniversary-320x338-logo-copyAt around ‘that’ point in your life, you should be able to have a grasp of your style and have had enough to time to experiment with what styles work on you and what to avoid. The thing is that 35 really only is a number.

    There are women at 55 who look a lot more youthful than others 20 years there junior. The common factor is the shape that you are in, your attitude, and how modern you keep your appearance. Not the physical year that you happened to be born.

    What is key is that we don’t want to mistake the idea of dressing modern as dressing juvenile.

    Flaunt what you have, yet be realistic.

    I wouldn’t say there is a univeral appropriate dress length for an older woman. If you are in good shape and you keep your look current, there is nothing wrong with wearing a skirt that is a couple of inches above your knees, look how fabulous Christie Brinkley, pictured above, looks in that length.

    But the skirt should not be a girlish or overly trendy style— something a bit more chic and sophisticated that is deserving of a woman of experience.

    There is really nothing worse that looking like you stayed too long at the farm and wear a girly look– say good-bye to head-to-toe baby pink while you are at it too.

    It is not the skirt length per se but the style of the skirt that matters.

    Sure, if your purple dress works with black tights and flats, go ahead and wear them. Tights create a more finished and polished look than bare legs, and flats are most definitely less va va voom than heels.

    If you dress right and stay modern, people will think you look great. Not merely great for your age. Isn’t that nicer?

     >> DON’T MISS: Ageless Chic & Age-Appropriate Dress Resource Guide

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    Photo of Christie Brinkley: Donna Ward / PR Photos

    Original Publish Date: Dec 4, 2009
    Published on June 07, 2014

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